DJ Work Load

Faculty Responsibilities


The teaching load for full-time faculty will normally consist of 15 load hours or equivalent assignments. Responsibilities for Non-teaching faculty will be individually prescribed. Faculty are assigned by their chair to teach in their major fields, insofar as possible. They may, however, be assigned to teach in their minor fields in accordance with standards of accrediting associations. Overload teaching may also be assigned as needed by the department chair (reference the following Overload Assignment heading). Pay for overload teaching will be based on the Part-time Instructor Salary Schedule rates. Full-time faculty who are appointed for less than a 15-load-hour assignment per semester shall receive accrued benefits proportional to the percentage of appointment.


Faculty will serve as academic advisors based on a divisional or departmental advising plan. The number of advisees will vary depending on the number of majors in a division. Adjustments in other responsibilities or compensation may be made if it is necessary for a faculty member to be the advisor for more than sixty students.

Committee Assignments:

Each faculty member will normally be assigned membership on at least one institutional committee but may not be required to serve on more than three committees.

Office Hours

Full-time faculty members must have regular office hours for teaching preparation, student advising, and other incidental tasks required for teaching. The schedule of classroom and office hours must be posted as soon after registration as possible.

Other Duties

In addition, each full-time faculty member shall:

1. demonstrate competence in his/her teaching field and related technologies

2. exhibit effective teaching

3. develop curriculum

4. prepare syllabus i.e., determine course content that is consistent with the catalog description

5. attend faculty meetings and general assembly

6. attend briefings on procedures, advising, registration, and general policy

7. attend commencement

8. provide extra help to students outside of class (not for pay)

9. select instructional materials (textbooks)

10. assist with registration

11. complete appropriate administrative paperwork in a timely manner

12. participate in faculty renewal and development programs

13. teach off-campus, dual credit and by distance learning as required

14. demonstrate and maintain competence in the use of instructional technology

15. participate in recruitment activities

16. educate themselves regarding College policies

Overload Assignments

Some situations demand that full-time faculty be asked to teach an overload. These guidelines are designed to prevent faculty effectiveness from being diminished by overloads.

1. The assignment of a one-course overload will be at the department chair's discretion.

2. The assignment of a two-course overload will require division chair's approval in writing with a copy being forwarded to the appropriate Presidents Cabinet member.

3. Any overload assignment above two courses will require approval of the appropriate Presidents Cabinet member. Request for approval must be accompanied by a statement signed by the instructor agreeing to the overload and by a statement of justification from either the department or division chair.

4. When faculty teach a course in another department on an overload basis, the assignment must be approved by their immediate chair. Multiple overloads created by assignments outside the department will follow this stipulation as well as those stated in Items 2 and 3 above.

5. Courses taught in Continuing Education will be subject to these guidelines also. Requests for chair approval for a faculty member to teach a course for Continuing Education will be sent to the division chairs concerned by one of the directors in Continuing Education.

6. Any college credit courses taken for credit will be considered as an overload assignment in this context so that the combination of overload assignments and credit courses taken will be consistent with these guidelines.

Summer and Mini-Term Teaching Load

Summer and Mini-term teaching assignments are made on a rotating, equitable basis among interested, eligible faculty. No one may teach more than 12 load hours or equivalent in the summer except in the event that no other qualified person can be found for a summer class in a given discipline. In that case a faculty member may be allowed to teach an additional three hours at an overload stipend.

Extended Faculty Appointment

Faculty may be placed on extended appointment for a specified number of days or months of service beyond the normal nine-month appointment when one or more of the following conditions exist:

1. Supervisory responsibility is required,

2. Teaching is in a program in which the same level of activity and enrollment continues beyond the nine months,

3. Teaching is in a program which is designed as a 12-month program or curriculum, and

4. Employment is in an instructional-related area which requires year-round service. These assignments are subject to annual review.

Those faculty in positions which require extended appointments amounting to a 12-month assignment will follow the same or equal duty days and holidays as the 12-month administrative and classified staff and accrue vacation accordingly.

Those faculty on extended appointments of less than 12 months' duration will follow the same or equal duty days and holidays as the nine-month faculty during the academic year. For the extended appointments, the days and responsibility will be designated. Faculty in this category do not accrue vacation.

Part-time Faculty

A part-time faculty load is to be not more than nine load hours per semester for more than one semester in an academic year. This limitation is based on full faculty load responsibility as being 15 load hours per semester plus the duties listed under "Other Duties". It has been determined that the other duties are equivalent to more than three load hours.

Part-time Faculty Teaching Load Policy Explanation

A faculty member who teaches 10-12 hours in the Fall may only teach up to 9 hours the following Spring semester. A faculty member who teaches 10-12 hours in the Spring may only teach up to 6 hours the following summer session.

This policy is important in determining whether a faculty member is paid as a part-time faculty employee or one whose load must be prorated as a full-time faculty member.


The basic work load for administrators is 40 hours per week plus additional time as required to complete the job, and they are exempt from overtime pay.

Nonexempt Classified

The basic work load for nonexempt classified personnel is 40 hours per week. When overtime is required, all hours worked in excess of the standard 40 hours shall be paid at a rate of time and a half.

Exempt Classified

The basic work load for exempt classified personnel is 40 hours per week plus additional time as required to complete the job, and they are exempt from overtime pay.